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BBC-Lineker row: how the British state mouthpiece censors inconvenient facts

In the light of BBC and Gary Lineker making nazi analogies let us look into the issue further. BBC does not hesitate to censor inconvenient facts is they do not accord with its view. Especially when it comes to Hindus. A cursory examination reveals this.

In 2016, the BBC radio 4 programme Sunday said Bharat’s social classification was so evil that Muslims and Christians cannot benefit from reservations for backward castes. But then they call it the Hindu caste system!

Staying with Lineker’s Nazi theme here the BBC propagates the same Aryan racial myth that Himmler did in his pseudo-academic institute known as ahnenerbe.

In 2003 at the Hindu Youth UK festival the BBC sent one of its token brown face Indian governors to lecture the youth on how Hindu extremism was a threat in India turning it into a Hindutva Fascist state.

When asked to provide proof of this by Hindu Human Rights UK (HHR) and why the BBC never reports on human rights abuses on Kashmiri Hindus or Bangladeshi Hindus he reacted in the usual function by looking for the nearest exit and developing a sudden inability to speak.

In 2005, HHR was asked by BBC Radio 4 to participate in research for an upcoming programme about the commonality shared between different faith communities. It did not take long to transpire that they actually were trying to highlight differences.

When HHR did not cooperate the result was an abusive, arrogant rant down the telephone by the programme’s producer, upset at not having found her pliable ‘Gunga Din’ guinea pig. In 2007 HHR was asked for its input into the BBC World Service programme about religion.

Having initially refused because of allegations that HHR was funded by the BJP and RSS (which actually fund and are linked to NHSF, not that is exactly a big secret anyway), the BBC retracted and then became rather more inviting.

Accusations of damaging MF Hussain’s paintings were refuted without much difficulty, considering that HHR’s protest was peaceful. Next on being asked my own beliefs, I said there was much enrichment from looking at Sufi poetry and Jewish Kabbalah.

Yet this brought indignation as most Hindus would apparently not agree. So in a few minutes I moved from being boxed as a narrow-minded extremist and a broad-minded ‘progressive’, both of which were problematic.

No surprise that my entire interview was shelved as HHR was not deemed extremist enough. Fortunately they found Hindu Forum Britain to be desperate enough for fame that they became the necessary broadcast fodder to ‘prove’ the existence of Hindu extremism.

This later on resulted with their front man wrongly portrayed as a Hindu Fuhrer with connections with the VHP in a widely published British Newspaper.

Above all it was the treatment of the Bharatiya Guru Sathya Sai Baba in the BBC’s ‘Secret Swami’ which was the apex of all its anti-Hindu ideology. First broadcast in 2004, the television documentary vilified one of India’s most revered holy men as money grabbing sex pest.

HHR complained within the time limits set by the BBC’s own procedures. But the BBC claimed to have not seen these emails and hence the complaint was dismissed as being outside the time period.

In 2011(?) the programme was referred to in a series of articles on Sathya Sai Baba passing away. HHR again complained but was told it should have complained back in 2004.

(This article has been compiled from the tweet thread originally tweeted by Ranbir Singh (@RanbirS11414092) on March 17, 2023.)

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